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The symbolical thinking of Romanos the Melodist

MULARD, Christelle (2011) The symbolical thinking of Romanos the Melodist. Thèses de doctorat, Université de Strasbourg.

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Abstract

This study attempts, for the first time, to give a symbolical analysis of the oeuvre of Romanos the Melodist, the famous hymnographer of sixth-century Constantinople, based on the French edition of the 60 authentic kontakia established by Grosdidier de Matons. Its objective is to throw a new light on the symbolical structures of Romanos' theological thinking. This has been achieved by analyzing the images and metaphors which he uses in order to describe Salvation accomplished in Christ or to exhort his audience to live truly according to the promises made at baptism. Some networks of symbols are explained here : the set of symbols around the springtime of resurrection, the tree and the fruit, the oil and the horn, and images of spiritual edification like the stone and the house. Then, a longer section is devoted to the large field of medical symbolism, which was already one of Ephrem's favourites. He was certainly a major influence for the bilingual Greek-Syriac deacon, alongside Jacob of Serugh, a Syrian bishop from the late fifth century. Like Romanos, Jacob was more of a preacher and less interested in the doctrinary conflicts of his time, and was entirely devoted to the spiritual edification of his audience. His influence on Romanos is revealed in many places in the hymns, and further studies will certainly enhance this even more as we get to know Jacob of Serugh better and better. In the end of this study the symbolism of clothing is expounded, which is characteristic of Syriac Christianity, before an excursus on the ancient sun symbolism. The conlusion offers a glimpse on a fragment of a kontakion about Romanos the Melodist himself, a saint of the oriental Church.

Item Type:Thesis
Discipline de la thèse / mémoire / rapport :Théologie protestante. Antiquité du christianisme
Uncontrolled Keywords:Romanos Melodos ; sixth century preaching ; Christian liturgy ; Justinian age literature ; Christian poetry ; Christian symbolism ; Syriac poetry ; kontakion
Subjects:Classification Thèses Unistra > Sciences humaines et sociales > Sciences religieuses > 280 Confessions et sectes de l'Église chrétienne > 281 Église primitive et Églises orientales
CL Classification > DDC Dewey Decimal Classification > 200 Religion > 280 Confessions et sectes de l'Église chrétienne > 281 Église primitive et Églises orientales

UNERA Classification UNERA > ACT Domaine d'activité UNERA > ACT-34 Autres
CL Classification > DDC Dewey Decimal Classification > 800 Histoire et critique littéraires, rhétorique > 890 Littérature des autres langues
Classification Thèses Unistra > Arts, lettres, langues > Littératures et civilisations > 890 Littérature des autres langues

CL Classification > DDC Dewey Decimal Classification > 200 Religion > 270 Histoire et géographie du christianisme et de l'Église chrétienne
Classification Thèses Unistra > Sciences humaines et sociales > Sciences religieuses > 270 Histoire et géographie du christianisme et de l'Église chrétienne

UNERA Classification UNERA > DISC Discipline UNERA > DISC-6 Théologie
CL Classification > DDC Dewey Decimal Classification > 800 Histoire et critique littéraires, rhétorique > 809 Histoire, analyse, critique littéraires générales > 809.1 Poésie
Classification Thèses Unistra > Arts, lettres, langues > Littératures et civilisations > 801-809 Histoire et critique littéraires, rhétorique. Théorie > 809 Histoire, analyse, critique littéraires générales > 809.1 Poésie
ID Code:2445
Deposited On:26 September 2012

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